Post contributed by Diane Johnson
Elaine and Nick Vazanna, owners and operators of the Village Green Café and Market at 25 Main Street in Center Sandwich Village, have revitalized a gathering place in the heart of town. Enjoy the relaxing and friendly atmosphere as you sip a cup of coffee, read the paper, and enjoy something to eat. Quick stops for a snack or essentials are fine too. They are open 7:30 to 5 daily (Sundays until 3).
What kind of apples grow on that gnarly old tree in your back yard or woodlot? The Sandwich Apple Project will try to identify those apples at Discovery, October 1, 1 to 5 PM at Range View Farm, Sandwich, NH. Ben Watson, author of Cider, Hard & Sweet, will demonstrate how experts identify apples by shape, color, taste, texture and even fragrance. Watson will bring several heirloom apples for tasting.
The Project began last spring when members of the Sandwich Agricultural Committee met at Range View to graft a few twigs from an old tree at Lower Corners, the first settlement in Sandwich, and another from North Sandwich. Today, John Pries and Martha Carlson have launched the Sandwich Apple Project with the goal of finding lost heirloom apples. Next spring, twigs from Discovery trees can be grafted onto new rootstock so the apples can be brought back into production.
The first settlers who arrived in Sandwich in 1776 planted orchards as soon as they cleared the forest. Sandwich once produced enough apples to fill a dozen railroad cars that left Ossipee Junction each fall for Boston markets.
The Sandwich Apple Project invites anyone to bring a dozen or more apples from a mystery tree. The apples will be classified and photographed. Then each apple finder (or Discoverer) will hand around samples for tasting and tell any lore he or she knows about the apple.
Discovery is open to the public and is free. Anyone who wishes to bring apples should harvest the apple tree as soon as the apples ripen. Keep the apples in a cool place, away from bears, until October 1. Participants are invited to help Rudy Carlson make cider. Bring a peck or a bushel of apples and jugs for that. Participants are also invited to bring apple desserts for general tasting. For more information and to let us know you are coming, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Range View Farm is at 342 Vittum Hill Road, Sandwich. Apples and apple Discoverers from other towns are welcomed.
Caleb and Anna Krotz of Chestnut Meadow Farm in Center Sandwich were selling maple lemonade at the Sandwich Farmer's Market on a recent Saturday. The market is held Saturday mornings from 9-11:30 am in the parking lot of the Corner House Restaurant.
Nick Vazanna hangs the sign above the Village Green Cafe and Market at 25 Main Street in Center Sandwich. The newly renovated coffee shop and market, owned by Nick and Elaine Vazzana, opened Saturday to an enthusiastic community.
How often have we driven through town since the demise of Mocha Rizing and thought to ourselves, "How I wish there were somewhere around here to get a cup of coffee!" How excited we are that Sandwich will soon have a café in the center again. Nick and Elaine Vazzana, the new owners of what will be called the Village Green Café & Market, have been hard at work getting everything ready for a Memorial Day weekend opening.
Here is what Nick says about the project:
The Village Green Café & Market carries on the vision of an in-town, general market by providing a community gathering place that celebrates our people, their art, food and agricultural traditions. Primarily a coffeehouse, the enterprise aims to revitalize Sandwich’s historic district, incubating small businesses by providing an outlet for local vendors, artisans and farmers. One space devoted to an art gallery will present fine art and crafts by local artists.
The Café & Market represents the rebirth of an old style of shopping. Years ago, every, town’s public market served as a central place for shoppers to purchase food and goods from multiple producers under one roof. Consumers enjoyed the freshness, variety and uniqueness of the food, art, crafts and other merchandise grown and created in their region. We contemplate selling coffee and tea and other products including baked goods, ice cream, milk, yogurt, cheese, fruit, household supplies and artwork.
The café will be open seven days a week, from 6:30 AM to 3 PM weekdays, 7 to 4 on Saturdays, and 7 to 2 on Sundays. I'll see you there!
Saturday morning, May 21st was the beginning of the active season here in Sandwich. The first outdoor Farmers Market of 2016 took place in the Corner House Inn parking lot. Across the street the Sandwich Home Industries opened for the season, and around the corner the Library held a plant and bake sale.
The Farmers Market was well attended by both vendors and buyers. In addition to vegetables for eating and planting, here were lots of marvelous baked goods, local eggs, handcrafted soaps and body care products, yarns and spinning supplies, artwork and other handmade items, locally roasted coffee, maple syrup, jams and jellies, bags and baguettes... the list goes on.
The Sandwich Home Industries, Sandwich's historic craft store, now part of the League of NH Craftsmen, is looking beautiful inside and out, all ready for the new season. Inside it's full of stellar handmade items of all kinds. Check out the awesome chicken pillows!
Around the corner the Samuel Wentworth Library offered an outdoor plant sale and an indoor bake sale. It was impossible to resist the profusion of treats! What an abundance of offerings in our little town. And it will only get better as the summer progresses. Just wait until next week when the new coffee shop, Village Green Café, opens its doors. More news on that coming soon.
The weather on Tuesday evening was beautiful—perfect for an enjoyable Sandwich Business Group ‘Business After Hours' event hosted by Wayside Farm. Delicious local wines were available for tasting, as well as delicious baked treats from the Dessert Table, part of Wayside Farm's extensive offerings. Visitors were able to view Ben and Wendy Shambaugh's remarkable plant-growing and selling operations inside and outside the greenhouses.
There was also an opportunity to buy dinner from Sandwich's very own mobile eatery, Elevens, creating delectable locally-sourced meals to enjoy al fresco or take home. You can find Elevens on Wednesdays in Sandwich from 11 AM to 6:30 PM at the Baptist Meetinghouse parking lot, in conjunction with the afternoon Farmer's Market.
Satisfy your planting needs by visiting Wayside Farm at 506 Whiteface Road, N. Sandwich, where you can also purchase fabulous baked goods, ice cream and bottled wines. Open daily May – Aug.
The Sandwich Farmers’ Market will hold its first Winter Market on Saturday, January 9, at the Benz Center, Grove Street, Center Sandwich. The market will run 9 AM to 12 noon. Nine local producers and bakers will bring you winter vegetables, freshly baked goods, homemade crafts and lots of relishes, jam and maple syrup.
The Sandwich Farmers Market grew substantially this past summer and a holiday market at the Sandwich Grange was very successful. The growing demand for locally grown and locally made food suggests that a winter market, once a month, might also succeed.
“If people come and buy, the January market will encourage lots of us to grow more and better throughout the year,” said Martha Carlson of Range View Farm. “Many of us are just learning how to grow lettuce, greens and even carrots through the winter. We’ve just planted radishes for harvest in February.”
The market vendors include: Sandwich Coffee Roasters with shade-grown coffees; Prodigal Brewery with beer, mustard and pretzels; Bob’s Baguettes with fresh baguettes and canvas bags; Range View Farm with winter greens, lettuce, carrots, beets, jams, maple syrup; Booty Farm with garlic, cornmeal, and relish; Tanna Farm with dry beans, pop corn, potatoes, squash, hats and mittens, eggs and blueberry coffee cake; Anne Made with scones, cookies, bread and muffins; Chestnut Meadow Farm with eggs, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic and onions; and Mountain Breeze Farm with maple syrup, pork and beef.
At 5 a.m. this Saturday morning (and every Saturday morning), Bob Carmany is already in his kitchen in North Sandwich. The big double oven is hot and 8 loaves of delicious French bread are about to bake. Then 8 more. And 8 more.
Bob began cooking his famous baguettes about 12 years ago for his friends and family and his own "personal consumption," he says with a grin. By 8:30 a.m. Bob is dressed for the Market in his gleaming white chef's jacket. The mint green Vespa purrs. Bob fastens a big basket of baguettes to the back of his Vespa and sets another on the floor, between his feet. Then he is off, tooling down Route 113 on a sunny summer morning to bring Sandwich citizens our favorite food.
The Vespa glides into the Market and Bob hops off. He opens the black leather seat and removes a straw boater, with a black and red ribbon. He puts it on with a little tap. He's ready. Soon Bob is giving high fives to the squads of children who scamper into the Market to buy breakfast. It's a rare day when Bob's Baguettes don't sell out well before the Market closes.
So, you'd better come a bit early to get a baguette and the other delights waiting for you this Saturday at the Sandwich Farmers' Market--9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Corner House.
By Monty Carlson
The 2015 Sandwich Farmers Market will be Saturday mornings at the Corner House parking lot, 9 to 11:30 AM and in the Baptist Meetinghouse grounds on Church Street on Wednesdays, 4 to 6:30 PM.
More vendors (and of course lots of customers) are needed for both markets. If you grow a crop, produce jams or baked goods, make a product with locally grown flowers, wood, leaves, wool, wild herbs, anything grown in Sandwich, come show it and sell it at the market.
Also welcome are local musicians, artists, magicians and other entertainers who might like to perform as buskers at the market. If you have a group with a good cause, how about a bake sale, lemonade stand, coffee and donut table to benefit your group and help bring more buyers to the market. Contact Monty Carlson for a date.
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